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    What are the different types of COVID-19 vaccines?

    June 28th, 2022

    Written By Linda Wickstrom

    Updated by Linda Wickstrom on June 28th, 2022

    Three COVID-19 vaccines are used in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are mRNA vaccines and are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) viral vector vaccine in some situations. Read more on mRNA vaccines and viral vector vaccines here: Different COVID-19 Vaccines. 

    You can locate and choose a COVID-19 vaccine brand and provider at vaccines.gov. On your smart phone, you can text your zip code to 438829 to receive a list of vaccine providers near you.

    Address questions on vaccine to your primary healthcare provider, or call Waukesha County Public Health at 262-896-8430.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for everyone ages 5 years and older, if eligible. Learn more from the CDC here.


    On July 12, the Food and Drug Administration announced it is adding a warning label to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, noting increased risk of a rare neurological syndrome called Guillain-Barré syndrome. The new warning label is based on preliminary data, after about 100 reports of GBS were detected in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, out of more than 12.8 million administered doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

    The CDC continues to advise that everyone 12 years of age and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The risk of severe adverse events after any COVID-19 vaccination remains rare, far lower than adverse health outcomes associated with contracting COVID-19.

    The CDC and FDA will continue to provide monitoring and treatment information to health care providers and vaccine recipients. Anyone with questions about which vaccine is best for them should speak to their healthcare provider.

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